With his slightly rugged and rough-cut, urban look, actor Steve Zissis fit the bill for lead and supporting roles in grassroots indie productions. Zissis studied at such institutes as The Actor's Center, the Chekhov Studio, and the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, and then began to amass a series of roles in cutting-edge low-budget films including Tale of a Phoenix, Climbing Out, The Intervention, Ping Pong La-Lou, and Baghead.
Biography by Nathan Southern
- Played Jesus in his high school's production of Godspell.
- Went to high school with Mark and Jay Duplass, who later cast Zissis in their show Togetherness.
- Taught English in South Korea for two summers during college.
- Studied puppetry at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center after college.
- Directed a live-action/puppet adaptation of Peter Schaeffer's Amadeus in 2002.
- Made his on-screen debut in the short film Climbing Out in 2002.